Missouri ranks fifth in the nation for gun related deaths

Missouri uses a "Shall Use" law for guns. (KTVO)

A study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury and Control shows that states with the highest rates of overall gun deaths in the country are states with weaker gun prevention laws and have higher rates of gun ownership.

This is according to a new Violence Policy Center analysis.

The Show Me State currently ranks 5th with a total of 21.38 deaths related to gun violence per 100,000 people.

43.9 percent of citizens in Missouri are household gun owners.

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